The kinds of people who cannot get married

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goo Ranking recently published an interesting look at what sorts of people cannot get married, for both men looking at women and women looking at men. Note that the implication here is mostly regarding people who are actively dating, not those who aren’t interested in marriage.

Demographics

Between the 31st of May and 3rd of June 2013 1,069 members of the goo Research online monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 50.1% of the sample were female, 24.8% in their teens, 24.9% in their twenties, 25.0% in their thirties, and 25.4% in their forties; there was no-one older than 49 in this sample. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

Here’s a bit of an odd couple:

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I’m not sure if it has anything to do with the survey, but I needed a photo to brighten up the page!
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When Japanese feel marriage has passed them by

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I really should find more cheery topics for Sundays, but perhaps more cheery might imply less interesting? Today’s blues from goo Ranking was the moments that people think “My marriageable age has passed!”, for both women and men.

Demographics

Over the 4th and 5th of April 2013 1,101 members of the goo Research online monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 50.6% of the sample were male, 23.3% in their teens, 25.2% in their twenties, 25.5% in their thirties, and 26.1% in their forties; there was no-one older than 49 in this sample. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

Looking at the male list as one who got married a bit later in life (aged 36), I can certainly identify with number one and the second number five.

Searching flickr for an appropriate photo produced the photo above, the best of a rather eclectic selection!
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When Japanese singles envy their married friends

goo Ranking published the results of a survey into when people envy their married friends.

Demographics

Over the 5th and 6th of October 2012 1,064 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 58.2% of the sample were female, 10.5% in their teens, 13.7% in their twenties, 26.6% in their thirties, 27.6% in their forties, 11.7% in their fifties, and 9.9% aged sixty or older. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

Although this survey applied to both past and current moments, I have as I usually do translated everything in the present tense as it looks better that way.

I only really felt envy with regards to the second 3=, 6, 16 and the third 22. However, now I feel pride that many people appear to be envious (in a good way, I hasten to add) of us.
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When one wishes one was single again in Japan

goo Ranking also recently looked at the moments when people wish they were single again, for both women and men.

Demographics

Over the 5th and 6th of October 2012 1,064 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 58.2% of the sample were female, 10.5% in their teens, 13.7% in their twenties, 26.6% in their thirties, 27.6% in their forties, 11.7% in their fifties, and 9.9% aged sixty or older. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

For me, it’s not getting time to myself, or more precisely, realising that I’ve spent most of the weekend or the evening watching nonsense on the telly just to keep my wife company on the sofa. Second, it’s not having the freedom to spend money on even just cheap PC upgrades, or to get a tablet computer, etc.
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What makes Japanese panic about getting hitched?

Following on, in a way, from last week’s look at wanting a boyfriend or girlfriend, this week goo Research published a survey looking at what caused people to start sweating about marriage.

Demographics

From the 5th to the 7th of September 2012 1,006 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 53.4% of the sample were female, 10.5% in their teens, 13.7% in their twenties, 26.6% in their thirties, 27.6% in their forties, 11.7% in their fifties, and 9.9% aged sixty or older. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

Oh, let’s recycle last week’s image for this week’s survey – having a friend comment on it might be a spur towards being more active in partner-seeking activities!

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Note that answer 11 might seem a bit odd, but I suspect it was a female-only answer, as in Japan women do tend to quit their careers when they either get married or have kids.
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What one should sort out before marriage

The second goo Ranking survey tonight is more serious, a look at what couples should talk through before marriage.

Demographics

Over the 5th and 6th of September 2011 1,112 members of the goo Research online monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 70.8% of the sample were female, 13.5% in their teens, 18.2% in their twenties, 28.1% in their thirties, 25.5% in their forties, 8.7% in their fifties, and 6.0% aged sixty or older. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

Looking at that list there’s probably just one or two I actually discussed at any length! Perhaps this list indicates that Japanese men in particular tend to be quite selfish and see themselves as the head of the household that can do whatever he wants, so this list is perhaps the bride-to-be ensuring that some ground rules are in place?
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Family budgets: situation after marriage

Do you take enough time to talk with your spouse about money? graph of japanese statisticsLast year (I’m just getting round to translating it now!) iShare conducted an interesting survey looking into family budget management, split into two parts, those who wish to marry and those already married. Today is the unmarried half of the survey.

Demographics

Over the 6th and 7th of December 2010 1,140 members of the CLUB BBQ free email forwarding service completed a private internet-based questionnaire. The sample was split into two groups; first, there were 568 unmarried but hoping to be married people; 66.9% of them were male, 18.5% in their twenties, and 81.5% in their thirties. Next, 572 were married, with 55.9% of them male, 6.1% in their twenties, and 93.9% in their thirties.

It’s interesting to note that the amount of married men who would like to keep their salary and saving secret is about double the amount of unmarried men who said they would want to keep it secret!
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Family budgets: ideals before marriage

Women, when married, whom would you want to work? graph of japanese statisticsLast year (I’m just getting round to translating it now!) iShare conducted an interesting survey looking into family budget management, split into two parts, those who wish to marry and those already married. Today is the unmarried half of the survey.

Demographics

Over the 6th and 7th of December 2010 1,140 members of the CLUB BBQ free email forwarding service completed a private internet-based questionnaire. The sample was split into two groups; first, there were 568 unmarried but hoping to be married people; 66.9% of them were male, 18.5% in their twenties, and 81.5% in their thirties. Next, 572 were married, with 55.9% of them male, 6.1% in their twenties, and 93.9% in their thirties.

My Google AdSense earnings used to be a secret account, but then I had to dig into them to fund a couple of things, so now it contributes ever so slightly to the general family finances.
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Fighting words from your Japanese spouse

Here’s an excellent survey from goo Ranking, looking at what words from your spouse light the blue touchpaper, for both what wives hear from their husbands and what husbands hear from their wives.

Demographics

Over the 21st and 22nd of October 2010 1,075 members of the goo Research online monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 66.3% of the sample were female, 9.9% in their teens, 18.1% in their twenties, 30.9% in their thirties, 24.7% in their forties, 8.8% in their fifties, and 7.5% aged sixty or older. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

If some of the comments don’t sound like argument starters, try reading them again in a sarcastic tone!

For me irritating my wife, it’s mostly if I say I’m tired, so she’s got me trained these days to realise I have to keep my mouth shut at these junctures.
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Views on marriage in Japan

Are you happy that you got married? graph of japanese statisticsDIMSDRIVE Research recently published a survey from April that they conducted into views on marriage.

Demographics

Between the 14th and 29th of April 2010 7,764 members of the DIMSDRIVE monitor group comnpleted a private internet-based questionnaire. 52.6% of the sample were male, 0.9% in their teens, 10.8% in their twenties, 30.6% in their thirties, 32.0% in their forties, 17.3% in their fifties, and 8.4% aged sixty or older.

I think Q3 should be an essential point of reference for any journalist writing about konkatsu, showing that just 3% of single people are hunting for a wedding partner, and the other 13% doing something might just be asking friends if they know anyone unattached.

Talking of konkatsu, I found this silly little story about the Lucky Star cartoon-featured Washinomiya Shrine’s otaku dating event.
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